This week in Highmoor class, we had a rather unusual workshop. Georgia visited us from the Fragrance Foundation and brought with her a mixture of interesting smells. We had to smell each one in turn and think of some adjectives and similes to describe them. One of them smelt, “as stinky as old socks.”
Afterwards, we used these smells as inspiration to write poems for the poetry competition called, ‘Marty The Mighty Nose’. For more information about this competition, see here: http://www.martythemightynose.org/competition/
In Numeracy we have been continuing our work with fractions. We began by finding equivalent fractions to halves, quarters and thirds. From here, we moved on to find unit and non-unit fractions of amounts. Some of the year fours looked at some word problems containing fractions.
On Wednesday, all of the children went to Chiltern Edge to attend the annual Quad Kids event. We left school after break and arrived in time to have our packed lunch. After this we were divided into a boys team and a girls team. We then had four activities to partake in; distance, sprint, throwing and jumping.
On Thursday afternoon, the entire school celebrated the Queen’s 90th Birthday with a street party in the playground. We had a lovely selection of cakes and sandwiches. A huge thanks to everyone who helped out!
During the last week of term, the children in Highmoor have been very busy bees!
In numeracy this week, we began by identifying and ordering decimals on a number line. We then looked at equivalent fractions and decimal numbers including mixed numbers; the year threes looked at converting tenths into decimal numbers and the year fours hundredths to decimal numbers. Finally, at the end of the week, we moved onto comparing equivalent fractions and the different ways that they can be written.
In Literacy, we have been editing texts and adding in speech punctuation. We have been learning how to use speech to show how a character feels.
We spent time reflecting on personal experiences where we felt strong emotions. We then use these personal experiences to plan and write a fictional story where the characters had a similar experience to ours.
In Science this week, we have been researching all about bees; the causes behind their population decline and ways we can help to save them. On Thursday afternoon, we were able to have our lesson outside as we made bee houses that we could take home to put in our gardens.
In PE, we have been continuing to develop our throwing and batting skills during mini games of rounders.
In recorders, we have been composing our own melodies.
We hope you all have a lovely break and look forward to seeing you ready for the final term!
This week in Numeracy, we have been measuring capacity. We began by estimating and then measuring the capacity of different containers; working out whether they held more or less than 300 ml.
From here, we began reading from a selection of scales. We had to look carefully to work out how many ml the scale was increasing by at each marker.
After measuring the amount of water in a selection of containers, we recorded our findings in a bar graph.
On Friday, we took part in a Roman Numerals treasure hunt around the playground! We learnt about the origin of Roman Numerals and the way in which they can be used to represent modern numerals.
In Science this week, we have been investigating the way water moves through the stems of a plant. We began by acting out the motion in groups. Here is a group of Highmoor children in action with Jonty playing the crucial part of ‘water’:
We set up an investigation to explore the effects of different temperatures on the speed that water travels through the stem to the leaves and petals. To track the water, we coloured it with food colouring. When the water reaches the leaves and petals, they will be the colour of the food colouring. We have been recording our observations at regular intervals.
We now know that plants and trees produce fruit and we understand the life cycle of an apple tree. We have been exploring where in the world the fruit that we buy in the shops comes from. Miss Glynn bought a selection of fruit from Tesco and we read the labels to find out their origins. We plotted where each fruit had travelled from on our world map.
Next Tuesday morning, year 3 will be taking part in the English Speaking Board assessment and will need to bring in everything they need on Monday and Tuesday.
In Literacy this week we continued reading ‘Christophe’s Story. We finally got the the chapter where Christophe stands in front of his class and finds the words to tell the story of why he left Rwanda and how he moved to England. This was a very emotional part of the story which generated some very thoughtful discussions. We spent some time sequencing the main events from Christophe’s Story. After that, we used some of the language features modelled by the author to write our own emotive letters in character as Christophe.
In Numeracy we revisited degrees of a turn and started to identify angles and their mathematical names. We created spinning triangles using card and split pins to experiment with quarter turns and degrees. Some of us moved on to explore how many degrees are in half of a quarter turn and discussed an eighth of a turn.
We have also been using set squares and protractors to decide if angles are right angles, acute angles or obtuse angles and to measure their degrees with more accuracy.
In Science, we extended our understanding of the parts of a flower by dissecting the beautiful tulips in our classroom! We identified the Carpel (the female part) and the Stamen (the male part). We separated them further into their individual parts and attached them to our dissection mats.
We moved on to learn about the life cycle of a flowering plant starting with pollination then onto fertilisation, seed growth and dispersal, germination and the growing of a new plant.
In Art, we have been using the water colours to paint pictures of blossom.
This week in Numeracy, Highmoor have been learning to read and plot coordinates. We learnt to label the X and Y axes and as well as the saying ‘ along the corridor, up the stairs’ to help us get the coordinates in the right order!
On Friday, we began learning to translate shapes using coordinate points to help us. We started by carrying out one step translations then moved on to two step translations.
We have also been recapping the degrees of a turn this week. We revised the compass points North, South, East and West and the terms clockwise and anticlockwise. We then talked about the way we can use a clock face to help us visualise a turn. We discussed quarter, half, three quarter and full turns and the degrees of each. We went onto the playground and worked in pairs to make turns by following or giving instructions using this new vocabulary.
In Literacy we have started a new story writing unit. We have read the first two chapters of the book Christophe’s Story. Christophe is an 8 year old boy from Rwanda who moves to England with his family. We have had some indepth discussions this week about the way Christophe would feel and the difficulties he faces. We created character profiles for one of the unkind characters in the book and shared some fantastic descriptive language together.
In Science, our new unit is entitled ‘How did that blossom become an apple?’ We began by investigating what blossom is. We went on a blossom hunt to see what we could find!
Back in the classroom, we spent time sketching some blossom. This encouraged us to take a closer look. We found out that blossom is a term given to small clusters of flowers that grow on trees or bushes.
On Thursday we looked in more detail at the structure of each one of these flowers. We identified the female and male parts of a flower and their functions.
Everybody worked hard on their homework this week and lots of fantastic Stonehenge models and cave art arrived in the classroom Wednesday morning. Children spent some time on Friday presenting their creations to each other. There were lots of interesting facts being shared.
This week in Numeracy we have been recapping how to use the grid method to multiply larger numbers. we warmed up our brains with a mental multiplication starter each morning.
We began the week using our times tables facts to solve division problems. We moved on to solve some trickier problems that gave answers with remainders. From here we began using the chunking method to solve division problems with much larger numbers.
In Literacy, we have been looking at poems that contain questions. We have also been looking at poetry about emotion. We identified some language features that poets use to make their work descriptive. These features help to create images in the reader’s mind. Some of these features include similes, metaphors and personification. On Friday during our Big Write session, we wrote our own poems about an emotion of our choice.
In Computing, we have been using TurtleArt to learn about computer programming. We wrote a sequence of instructions to move the turtle in different directions. The objective was to draw a selection of letters with the turtle. We learnt to use the forward and back instructions as well as the instructions to rotate the turtle 90 degrees left and right.
In SPaG this week, we have been researching prefixes. We used the dictionaries to find the meaning of a selection of words with prefixes such as discomfort, impatient and unhappy. We then removed the prefixes and searched for the definitions of the root words. This enabled us to work out the meaning of the prefixes and the way in which they impact the meaning of the root word when added.
This week in Literacy we have looking at the structure and language features of a selection of poems. We began by trying to solve some tricky riddles and then writing some of our own. We moved on to study poems about emotions. We have been using the dictionaries to look up some key vocabulary from the poems.
In Numeracy we have been revising our times tables. We have also been learning to use the grid method to multiply larger numbers and decimals. On Friday, we played a multiplication game where we were multiplying multiples of 10 by units and multiplying by 10.
Our new topic is entitled ‘Who First Lived in Britain?’ We began by looking at a timeline of history beginning at The Stone Age. We learned about what houses looked like during this time.
The title of our new R.E topic this term is ‘Creation’.We will be finding out about how different faiths view the question ‘How did the world come to be?’
This week we decided to create something of our very own and explore the variety of emotions involved in the creative process.
We each had one piece of A4 paper to meet the challenge of creating something new within fifteen minutes!
There was lots of excitement to see what everyone would produce.When time was up there was amazement at the variety of what had been made.
Kai was very pleased with the shield he had made and Leigh worked hard to create some lovely patterns.
William said he liked making towns so made this little sculpture.Although some of us experienced an element of frustration when things didn’t go according to plan we were all proud to take our unique creations home.
The final week of the term in Highmoor was a short one but we managed to fit lots in! We revisited telling the time in Numeracy. We began with some mental maths work where we had to quickly find pairs of numbers that have a total of 60.
We had the numbers 1 – 12 positioned around the classroom like a clock and used our arms as the minute and hour hands to show the time to the hour and half past the hour.
From here, we began setting the time on mini analogue clocks. We recapped telling the time quarter past and quarter to the hour. Some of us moved on to reading the time to the nearest 5 minutes and 1 minute. We also looked at how these times are written in words and displayed on a digital clock.
Year 4s had the tricky job of telling the time on 12 hour and 24 hour clocks.
We spent some time this week designing and making Easter cards as gifts to take home. First, we designed how we wanted our cards to look.
Next, we set about making them in stages. We had to use templates to cut out two egg shapes from card. One had to be cut in half so we used our recently acquired measuring skills to measure the length of the egg in cm and mm. We then halved this number to find the middle.
After decorating each half of the egg, we decorated flowers and a border. We created a chick to sit inside and assembled the card using a split pin. We finished them off with a message on the back.
On Wednesday, we attended church for our Easter Service. We read the story of The Last Super. We all read very clearly and on cue. Miss Tillotson was very proud!
On Wednesday afternoon, we split into our house teams to decorate hard boiled eggs ready for The Annual Peppard Egg Rolling Competition!
We walked down to the big hill and competed in year groups to see who could roll their egg the furthest!
We have had an action packed term and are all ready for a relaxing break! Next term, PE will be on Monday and Thursday where we will be playing Cricket and Rounders and doing Athletics.
This week has been Henley Festival week! We had a fun trip out on Tuesday to Shiplake Primary School to attend the ‘Singing with Lucy’ workshop. Lucy is a musician who performs on The West End. She is very good at playing the keyboard!
Lucy taught us the song ‘I Wanna Be Like You’ from The Jungle Book. Once we had learned the words, we created actions for each part of the song. Below are some photographs of us in action:
On Thursday we had a very interesting visitor! His name was Randolph Matthews. He was a vocal entertainer and he certainly entertained us! We were laughing from the moment he started, some of us more uncontrollably than others!
In Numeracy this week, we have been measuring. We began the week measuring in m and cm and recorded our heights in a table.
we moved on to measuring in mm and cm and had to be very precise drawing and measuring lines.
On Wednesday, we began measuring weight in g and kg. We estimated the weight of a selection of fruit and vegetables by comparing them to a 1 kg bag of flour.
We sorted the items into foods more than 1kg and foods less than 1kg.
On Thursday, we used the information we collected and created bar graphs to represent our findings.
We had another fun session at the gym this week.
Next week is the last week of this term! PE will be as normal on Monday afternoon. Wednesday is our last day. We will be going to church at 9am for our Easter Service. Highmoor will have their final gym session after church. At 1 o’clock on Wednesday, after lunch, we will be decorating eggs! Once decorated, we will be walking down to the big hill for our annual egg rolling event!
This week has been assessment week in Highmoor. We have all been working extra hard and all of the children have done really well.
For our writing assessment, we looked at a selection of images showing magical looking doors. Our task was to write a fantasy story about a land that lay the other side of the door.
In Literacy this week, we have been writing the first draft of our non-chronological reports entitled, ‘Was Tutankhamen Killed?’ First of all, we created a plan. We used success criteria to ensure that we had included all of the layout and language features that we have learnt about so far in this unit. When our plans were complete, we began creating a neat version. We looked at the success criteria again and used different colours to show all of the features that we had included and evidenced them in our work. When all of the writing had been done, we were able to draw our pictures and label them with captions; a layout feature of a non-chronological report.
In Science this week, we have been continuing our topic on electricity. We have been investigating materials that insulate and conduct electricity. On Thursday afternoon, we wrote up a full scientific report in our books. We had to consider: what we wanted to find out, the equipment required, the method we would follow, how we would ensure it was a fair test, what feature we would be changing throughout the experiment and a scientific diagram of a circuit. At this point, we carried out our experiments and recorded them in our results table. From the results, we were able to draw out a conclusion that metals conduct electricity. Materials such as cork, glass, rubber, wood and plastic insulate electricity.
Here is Marlon’s scientific write up:
In gym this week, for our warm up activity, we took part in a balancing challenge.
We wish everyone a lovely weekend. Next week will be Henley Youth Festival. Highmoor are taking part in two events. Singing with Lucy will be on Tuesday afternoon at Shiplake Primary School. Our exciting visitor, Randolph Matthews, will be arriving on Thursday at 1.15pm ready to entertain us.